Image: Anoko Mega // Paris polyphylla, locally known as Satuwa in parts of Arunachal Pradesh, is a medicinal herb that grows under the canopy of moist temperate forests. Known for its anti-cancer, anti-microbial, anti-oxidant, and anti-tumor properties, there has been an increase in demand for the herb in the Indian and international market over the last decade. In India it is found in the state of Arunachal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Uttarakhand. Unfortunately, according to experts, the over exploitation and illegal trade of this species is pushing it towards #extinction.
An informal survey conducted by #SanctuaryAsia's #MudOnBootsProject Leader Anoko Mega in and around the Dibang Wildlife Sanctuary and Mehao Wildlife Sanctuary in #ArunachalPradesh has revealed that this #herb is being illegally extracted from these Protected Areas. According to Anoko, Paris polyphylla has a high market price, and locals are hiring external labour from other states to harvest the plant for them. This influx of people who are illegaly entering the sanctuaries is disturbing #wild habitat and impacting wild populations of the herb.
Landslides Along BCT Road Disrupt Communication To 3 Districts Of Arunachal Pradesh
Details: “After receiving reports of fresh landslides near Sessa in the district on Monday morning, the District Magistrate has ordered for complete shutdown of the BCT road for all vehicular traffic with effect from June 18 to 24, as the present weather and road conditions could pose threat to the life and safety of the commuters,” read an official release.